After weeks of speculation, Dan Hardy has confirmed that he will most likely fight at UFC 120 in London, England. An event which is slated to air for free on Spike TV.
Hardy was born and lives in Nottingham, England, which is a two-hour drive from London, undoubtedly making him the fan favourite.
UFC 120 will be held at the O2 Arena in London on October 20. This will be the first event at the O2 Arena since UFC 95 on Feb. 21, 2009, when Diego Sanchez defeated Joe Stevenson, earning fight of the night honours. UFC 120 will also be the first event in England since UFC 105 on Nov. 14, 2009, when the legendary Randy Couture defeated Brandon Vera in Manchester.
Hardy last fought at UFC 111 at the Prudential Center in New Jersey in a welterweight championship bout against Georges St-Pierre. St-Pierre dominated the entire fight, putting on a wrestling clinic and winning via unanimous decision.
Hardy's last win in the octagon came against Mike Swick at UFC 105 in Manchester when he won via unanimous decision. Hardy sports a record of 23-7-1, with 11 of his wins coming via knockout.
No opponent has been selected for Hardy as of yet. When speaking on MMAjunkie.com's radio show on Monday, Hardy said that he would be interested in fighting the winner of the fight between Martin Kampmann and Paulo Thiago at UFC 115 in Vancouver. Another possible opponent is fellow Brit, John Hathaway, who is coming off an impressive victory over Diego Sanchez at UFC 114.
Hardy was asked if he would consider a drop down to 155 to fight at the lightweight level and take on the likes of BJ Penn or champion Frankie Edgar. Hardy said that would be unlikely to happen as he feels it would be too tough to cut weight.
Hardy said that his goal is to fight somebody who will get him back into the welterweight title picture. He felt that he is probably three wins away from getting a second chance at the championship belt.
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